Category Archives: The Business of Writing

Story Feedback: Free and Paid Options for Writers

It’s a sad fact, but most writers don’t have a basement full of money, meaning the word BUDGET is kind of a big deal. We want to publish but to do it, we have to think carefully about where we … Continue reading

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Writerly Procrastination: Why It Happens & How To Break Free of It

I don’t mean to brag, but procrastination is my superpower, one that I’ve honed through years of dedicated training. In the course of writing this post, I’ve come up with an idea for another post (and made notes on it), … Continue reading

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The Secret to Getting Paid to Sell Books

Many writers I know either write non-fiction already or are toying with the idea. It’s a lot of research and work, but because it tailors to a specific audience, books can also do quite well. But what if there was … Continue reading

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Why Writers Shouldn’t Query Self-Published Books

Have you self-published a novel you had originally intended to send to literary agents (to see how it did)? Or, did you self-publish a novel, decide that publishing path wasn’t for you, and now want to send that book to … Continue reading

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Navigating the Changing Face of Book Promotion with Smart, Effective Strategies

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying summer and taking time to refill their creative wells. Writing, publishing, and marketing is a lot of work so making time for ourselves to recharge is really important. The other critical thing we … Continue reading

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5 Writing “Life Lessons” from an Empty Nester Author

Recently I entered a new life stage: the Empty Nester parent. My oldest son, following his younger brother’s lead, moved out a few weeks ago while my husband and I were in South America. Now, we’re back…and the house is … Continue reading

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The Emotionally Intelligent Writer

I’m a psychologist, so I like to believe there are a set of characteristics that can predict author success. Sure, like any subset of the population—and I’m going to define ‘successful authors’ as those who generate a full-time income from … Continue reading

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Using Writing Sprints for Consistent Results

We’re far enough out from New Year’s that our excitement over making and meeting writing goals may have waned, and we find ourselves slacking. You know what can help boost your output? Writing sprints. Whether you choose a goal based … Continue reading

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The Emotion Thesaurus 200,000 Book Milestone Giveaway (Last Day!)

It’s rather mind-blowing to know there’s 200,000 Emotion Thesaurus books are out there in the world so of course Becca and I wanted to run a giveaway! Have you entered yet? We’re drawing for several signed sets of The Emotion … Continue reading

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The Emotion Thesaurus SUPER FAN Contest

So, recently something nifty happened: we sold our 200,000th Emotion Thesaurus book. 200,000! We’re completely awestruck. When Becca and I started this journey, we talked about what success would look like for The Emotion Thesaurus. After gnawing on the question … Continue reading

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